Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths makes TV apology to fans

Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths makes TV apology to club’s fans after receiving third SFA ban over gestures

Shame-faced Leigh Griffiths has issued a grovelling apology to Hibs fans and promised he’ll never let the club down again.

The Easter Road striker has been hit with his THIRD SFA ban after making an offensive gesture to his own fans.

He’ll miss SPL games against Rangers and Aberdeen for giving the V-sign while taking a corner in Hibs’ defeat to St Johnstone on Saturday.

Griffiths had already been punished by the SFA for gesticulating at Rangers fans during a recent home game – and making a similar hand action towards his own support after scoring against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon was raging after the on-loan Wolves ace was cautioned for a third time and last night Griffiths said sorry on the club’s official TV station.

The 21-year-old, who is also a Hibs supporter, said: “I want to issue an apology. What I did against St Johnstone was out of sheer frustration with the way the game was going.

“Even though I thought I was having a good game, the fans were giving me abuse when I was taking corners but I know it was a really silly thing to do.

“I’ve been ‘done’ three times now and you would think I’d have learnt after the first two times.

“It was just sheer stupidity but I can tell you it won’t happen again.

“The manager had a word with me and I need to grow up quick and fast. I’ve got to take my ban on the chin. When I’m back, hopefully the manager will select me.”

Griffiths was charged with one-game bans after previous offences against Rangers and Cowdenbeath. The front-man will next be available to play on February 19 against Celtic.